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History of ABATE of South Carolina, Inc.
A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

South Carolina's current helmet law:

SECTION 56-5-3660. Helmets shall be worn by operators and passengers under age twenty-one; helmet design; list of approved helmets.

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one to operate or ride upon a two-wheeled motorized vehicle unless he wears a protective helmet of a type approved by the department. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides thereof. The department is hereby authorized to adopt and amend regulations covering the types of helmets and the specifications therefor and to establish and maintain a list of approved helmets which meet the specifications as established hereunder.

ABATE of South Carolina changed above helmet law in 1980 to allow adult freedom of choice! If you ride join ABATE of South Carolina today to preserve your biker rights!

Brief history of Motorcycle rights in South Carolina:

1967 - South Carolina's Helmet Law Enacted

1968 - Enforcement of South Carolina's Helmet Laws begins

1973 - Light on law enacted July 1

1974 - A.B.A.T.E. of South Carolina is started by Jesse D McDugald.

"When I moved back to South Carolina in 1974 I was a member of the original ABATE started by Lou Kinzey and the folks at Easyriders having joined in Maryland in 1972. When I came back home I found there was not one biker rights organization even though we had our helmet law for 7 years by then. I looked for interested bikers but found few with any interest in starting an ABATE organization. So I called Lou at Easyriders and asked if I could start an ABATE here in SC, ABATE of South Carolina was born." ~ Jesse McDugald

A.B.A.T.E. was started on the national level by Easyriders magazine: History of A.B.A.T.E.

1975 - Classified License Law for Motorcyclists Implemented

1976 - M.R.A. is started by "Easy" David Briggs

Easy invited a few friends over to discuss the start-up of a "Motorcycle Rights Association" (M.R.A.). M.R.A. was started with Easy as director. M.R.A. put out newsletters and had a constitution adopted on February 29, 1976. (Easy and Beaver) still have a copy of M.R.A.'s constitution). The constitution of M.R.A. It states that "the general purpose of the MRA is to form a united association for improving and protecting the rights and well being of motorcycle riders and improving relations with the non-motorcycle driving public." Easy rode throughout the state on weekends rallying bikers to our cause; he visited bike shops and "watering holes" getting the riders interested in the M.R.A. and motorcycle rights.

Neither Easy nor Jesse knew the other at this time. One day Jesse was riding his bike down Rivers Avenue by the Port Drive-in and saw a bunch of motorcycles parked there - he pulled in and discovered it was a M.R.A. meeting - he introduced himself and A.B.A.T.E. and this is when he met Easy.

1977/1978 M.R.A. and A.B.A.T.E. joined forces.

1980 - South Carolina's Helmet Law amended June 16 to apply to only those under 21. ABATE of South Carolina had only approximately 200 members when this victory was achieved!

The History of ABATE of South Carolina, Inc.
Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments
compiled and written by FastFred

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